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They were 'hammered'

How much would you be willing to pay to be in possession of the 88 year old Queen Elizabeth's lingerie, or for Cleopatra's headgear for that matter? Yes, they are both up for 'grabs'!

entertainment Updated: Dec 31, 2010 16:47 IST
Kanika Johri
Kanika Johri
Hindustan Times

How much would you be willing to pay to be in possession of the 88 year old Queen Elizabeth's lingerie, or for Cleopatra's headgear for that matter? Yes, they are both up for 'grabs'! There have been some rather strange things that were auctioned in the year 2010 and a lot of which have even fetched bizarre prices. From celebrity memorabilia to some innovative artwork, here's a look at some of the craziest and most priceless possessions to have gone under the hammer in the year that was.

1. The Royal lingerie: $9381
We started with the queen so here's continuing with her. Queen Elizabeth's lingerie has gone up for auction and you're (if you intend to bid, of course) expected to pay about $9381for it. Now, the question that arises is how did they manage to get hold of the underwear!

According to the celebrity website TMZ, the monogrammed item reportedly came into the possession of notorious Miami playboy named 'Baron' Joseph de Bicske Dobronyi when he received the garment from a friend after it was left on a private plane used when the queen visited Chile in 1968. Now, we want to know why did the Queen leave her underpants on the plane anyway! Eeks!

The Playboy reclining nude painting

2. Superman's debut comic: $1.5 million

The comic book which features Superman's debut has fetched $ 1.5 million on an online auction, breaking the earlier record. A copy of the 1938 edition of Action Comics No 1 was sold on the auction Web site

The issue is considered to be the Holy Grail of comic books.

3. James Bond's pistol: $433,480.375
A Walther air pistol, held by Sean Connery in a publicity shot for the James Bond classic From Russia With Love, has fetched more than 250,000 pounds at an auction.

Another James Bond pistol that appeared in the 1974 film The Man With The Golden Gun was sold for 15,000 pounds. Bond sure is going great guns!

4. Marilyn Monroe's appointment book: $8000-10,000
The evergreen diva Marilyn Monroe's 1961 appointment book that contains her meeting schedule, invitations, engagements, phone calls and notes for the year before she died.

"It is an insight into Marilyn's personal world just one year before her death," said Darren Julien, president of Julien's Auctions, which expected to sell the book for between $8,000 and 10,000.

5. Andy Warhol's Coke Bottle painting: $ 35 million
A painting of a Coca-Cola bottle by pop art icon Andy Warhol drew $35 million at auction. The work is called Coca-Cola (4) Lage Coca-Cola. That deal sure has a lot of fizz in it, no wonder it's called pop art!

6. Cleopatra's headdress: $2000-3000
The head dress worn by Taylor in her starring role in 1963's epic movie Cleopatra is also to be sold for between 2,000 and 3,000 dollars after the actress's friend, movie star Debbie Reynolds consigned it to the auction.

7. The Beatles breakup letter: $175,000
A legal letter, which reportedly led to the break-up of Fab Four went under the hammer with an initial price tag of $175,000. The letter, signed by John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, is addressed to Sir Paul McCartney's lawyer and father-in-law Lee Eastman and fires him as the band's legal counsel.

Eastman, the father of McCartney's first wife Linda, managed the musician and acted as the band's lawyer, but a disagreement between the group members led to his dismissal.

The argument is said to have driven a wedge between McCartney and his band mates, which eventually led to the break-up in 1970.

8. Playboy nude artwork: $266K
A Dali water colour of a reclining nude that had been hanging in the bedroom of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has been sold for more than $266,000at an auction in New York.

9. Michael Jackson's glove: $48,400
Well, speaking of auctions, we obviously couldn't miss MJ out and since his famous Swarovski gloves keep getting auctioned now and then, we chose the one that got auctioned this year.

A bejewelled white glove Michael Jackson tossed to an Australian fan more than a decade ago sold at auction on Sunday for 57,600 Australian dollars ($48,400), almost twice the estimated selling price. The estimated selling price before the auction was AU$ 30,000.

10. Einstein's skull X-rays: 37 524 US$
Yes, you read right. Scientist Albert Einstein's skull's X-ray was auctioned. And it fetched £24,000 (37 524 US$ approx), which is more than 20 times its expected price - at an auction. The physics genius had the scan in 1945, 10 years before he died at 76.

Well, we don't know if it's genuine passion and love for the artists or just whims of the rich that these items were sold but it sure is interesting to know what people do when they have that much money.

First Published: Dec 27, 2010 16:31 IST